Monday, July 25, 2016

2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge: July Wrap Up

Time for our seventh Monthly Wrap Up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the June Wrap Up, Sandy finished one series ender this month: The Crown (The Selection, # 5) by Kiera Cass. Holly also finished one series ender this month: The Last Star (The 5th Wave, # 3) by Rick Yancey.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the July giveaway runs from July 25th - August 25th. On August 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.




Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Post #181

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

~NO NEW BOOKS~

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

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WHAT'S AHEAD:
Planned Posts:
2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge: July Wrap Up

Another week of summer gone. 2 weeks to go before my kids start back to school. I won't say I'm sad because I feel like it wasn't that long ago I was posting about how tired I was and ready for a break from our busy schedules. Well, we got a 2 month break and it's been glorious. So now we are looking forward to the start of a new school year and all the fall activities that my kids enjoy participating in. Volleyball for my youngest and marching band for my oldest. This time of year has become one of our favorites. Reading time happens when it happens, ya know? And that's okay. Enjoy your week friends!

DON'T FORGET:
If you are reading last books in a series you should participate with us in our 3rd year of the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 15, 2016! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews and a BIG giveaway open to everyone that participates through the year. Don't miss out!

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Caraval


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Expected Publication: January 31, 2017 by Flatiron Books 
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
“A spellbinding tale of sisterhood, love, and betrayal.”
—Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
How far would you go to save your sister?
The Night Circus meets The Selection in Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #131: This Savage Song


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab:
Teasers: Now, the way other people felt about food, that's how August felt about music. He could savor each note, taste the melody.
(Loc 19%, 882 of 4712)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Last Star - Review

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The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3)

By: Rick Yancey

Published: May 24, 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

339 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
The heart-stopping finale to the New York Times bestselling 5th Wave series, just in time for the major motion picture release.

We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

Master storyteller Rick Yancey invokes triumph, loss, and unrelenting action as the fate of the planet is decided in the conclusion to this epic series.
MY REVIEW:
I've been putting off reading this. Had it in my possession for quite some time. It's the dread of the series ender. Anticipation to see how everything ends but dread over whether you'll be satisfied with the ending and the sadness that the story has ended. Then I started it and being fast paced I was blowing through it, wanting more, needing more. And then dang it, my feelings took a nose dive once I got to the last 10% of the book. For my fellow readers who are also fans of the Divergent series, if you share any of my less-than-happy feelings regarding how that series ended....well then my friends, prepare yourself.

This installment in the series picks up with Ben, Dumbo, Cassie, Sam, Meghan, and Evan holed up still in the dead silencer's house. Ben devises a plan to go in search of Ringer and Teacup who have been gone for 4 months and heads off with Dumbo. Though he likely knows they are dead, he can't let them go. Separating always seems to be a very bad idea for this group. There's a whole lot of things, big things, that happen to the group throughout the course of the story. Too much that would be spoilerish, so I'm going to refrain from talking about any of the plots. The bottom line is that the group is facing annihilation from the aliens and the humans who are trained to be the 5th Wave, so the entire book is about them fighting to stay alive and to find a way to win the battle of humanity.

The mature language content in this book seems higher than what I remembered from books one and two. That could just be my poor memory, but regardless of that, there's a ton of F bombs in this story, among a lot of other "colorful" words. This was a bit bothersome because these characters are aged anywhere from 5 to 20. The younger kids using this language just doesn't make logical sense to me.

Another irritation I had is that Cassie's inner dialogue, which we read as she writes in her journal, seems way less mature than it did in the previous two books. It was like she regressed mentally as she spews immature phrases and thoughts into her journal.

Sigh....I really don't have much to say. I'm not overly thrilled with the way the series ended. In fact, I'm quite distraught over it. I feel a sense of restlessness, like more things are left in the air than what I prefer to see. I just have a giant feeling of "ugh". That makes me so sad because I was a HUGE fan of book one. Unfortunately my love of the series went down from there.

There were parts that were really touching, parts that made me smile a bit and I'm glad I read the series. I just wish the ending would have been different. But I admit, I'm a "happily-ever-after" kind of girl.

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
"Without trust there's no cooperation. And without cooperation there's no progress. History stops."

...you never lose those who love you, because love is a constant; love endures.

"You don't run from the people who need you. You fight for them. You fight beside them. No matter the cost. No matter the risk."

Love is forever. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be love. The world is beautiful. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be the world.

Pain is necessary. Pain is life. Without pain, there can be no joy.

Language: 2-3 (medium-high)
Mature Content: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Post #180

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

~PURCHASED/FREEBIES~
Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt
Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Planned Posts:
Review - The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Not much to share from my week. Though I didn't get much reading done I did binge watch the new Netflix Original show, Stranger Things. Ooh, it's gooooood. If you like Sci/Fi thriller type stuff check it out!

DON'T FORGET:
If you are reading last books in a series you should participate with us in our 3rd year of the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 15, 2016! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews and a BIG giveaway open to everyone that participates through the year. Don't miss out!

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Long Way Home


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry
Expected Publication: January 31, 2017 by Harlequin Teen
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.
What are you waiting on this week?
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